Through the first 2 sessions here are the top 5 teams on the Under Armour Next circuit.
Middlesex Magic (Boston, MA) UAA Record: (9-0)
Middlesex Magic finished 9-0, during the first two legs of the UAANext, led by 6’10 JP Estrella (South Portland) averaging 11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 1.9 blocks. He is receiving power 5 looks holding offers from UCONN and Syracuse. 6’6 Michael Nugent (Tabor Academy) leads the Magic in scoring, he is averaging 14.4. Michael Loughnane (Phillips Exeter Academy) is averaging 11.4 ppg, 6.0 apg. Michael Cammann has committed to Harvard.
Team Curry (Charlotte, NC) UAA Record: (5-3)
Team Curry are in the midst of a 8 game winning streak after winning 8 straight at the The Circuit: Battle of NC, and On The Radar’s Hoop Rocky Top Invitational. Led by 6’4 guard Silas Demary (Liberty Heights) who can shoot the ball and big man (6’11) Riley Allenspach (Providence Day) who can block shots on defensive using size, finish on dunks on the other end. Demary is averaging 8.6 ppg and Allenspach is averaging 8.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg.
West Coast Elite (Los Angeles, CA) UAA Record: (6-1)
Ryan Silver’s West Coast Elite team went 6-1 during the UAANext session, 6’6 Guard Rodney Brown, from Rancho Christian could be the next in a long line of athletic wings from the west coast to blow up. Receiving offers from California, USC, and Washington State gives you Klay Thompson and Demar DeRozan vibes. He is currently averaging 10.5 ppg. Mater Dei’s Zach Davidson fits the mold of the perfect face up 4 man, he can drive by you putting the ball on the floor, and can also shoot the ball from beyond mid-range. He has shown the ability to rebounds by averaging 5.5 rebounds in both session, follow that with 14 points a game. He recently received offers from Brown University, and Montana.
Team Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) UAA Record: (5-3)
Led by 6’4 Austin Swartz who attends Cannon School (NC), and Toronto native Matei Baptiste (Combine Academy), Team Charlotte had some good wins in UAA play and independent events. Swartz is averaging 14.1 ppg, and 3.1 rebounds, he is showing his ability to score the ball. Baptiste stands 6’8, can effect the game on the offensive and defensive end, he is averaging 10.2 ppg.
Atlanta Xpress (Atlanta GA) UAA Record: (5-3)
The injury bug has hit the Atlanta Xpress, but not to worry with Jakai Newton (Indiana) out and Marcus Whitlock out, the Xpress kept rolling. UConn commit Stephon Castle continues to show why he is one of the best guards in the country. Castle’s ability to use his 6’6 frame on the block, or shooting over defenders makes him tough to stop. 6’11 Braden Pierce, continues to impress with his shot blocking ability averaging 3.4 blocks per game. Daniel Pounds averages 7.4 ppg and 5.8 rebounds, Pounds ability to be a rim runner and finish has turned plenty of heads in the first two sessions.
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